I’m ridiculously excited to show you all the details of our wedding. I tried my hardest to add personal touches to our special day. This included designing and making many of the things related to our wedding. Though it was a lot of work, I loved it because I’m a glutton for punishment.
I designed and assembled our wedding invitations. Read more about them here.
OK, now onto the wedding day.
My engagement ring was purchased from Marlan Jewelers in Cleveland, Ohio. I designed my wedding band, which was made by Van Horne Jewelers in Granger, Indiana. Read about that here. I purchased Brad’s tungsten wedding band from Tungsten Direct for $60 with a Groopdealz deal. Holla!
I brought my own Scrabble tiles so my photographer could get this shot. Me? Type A? No way.
One of the reasons why I chose my dress was because of the blinged-out belt.
My mom made my veil. She cut the tulle from a pattern and hand stitched the lace along the bottom. We bought all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric.
I had a custom wedding dress label made and sewn onto the inside hem of my dress. I purposely bought a quatrefoil shaped label because it’s the symbol of my sorority, Phi Mu. I purchased the label from Initial Impressions.
My mom made my garters. The red and white IU-themed one was my toss garter. The keepsake garter was my something blue.
My something old (my late grandma’s wedding ring), something new (earrings from Nordstrom), something borrowed (my mom’s pearl bracelet), and something blue (garter).
My bouquet was made of peonies (my favorite) and hypericum berries. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were made of garden roses, peonies, and hypericum berries.
My grandmother’s wedding ring was attached to my bouquet.
I wanted to be able to display our wedding guest book instead of putting it in a box and never looking at it again. I liked the idea of a wedding guest book tree but I didn’t like the thumbprint trees because I think it’s creepy to ask for your guests’ fingerprints. I found a wedding guest book tree that had self-adhesive leaves. I purchased it from Absinthe Custom Printing.
I made the moss covered monograms that set on the fireplace mantel that we were married in front of. I also made the peony topiaries that flanked the sides of the fireplace and the peony pomanders that lined the aisle.
I designed and made our escort cards with leftover paper from our wedding invitations. I also made our card box (it’s for sale– let me know if you know anyone who would be interested).
I bought all of the reception chair covers and pink sashes from Linen Tablecloth. In our area, to rent a chair cover and sash it costs at least $3.50 per chair. RIP. OFF. I ended up paying $1.73 per chair (Linen Tablecloth has a crazy Black Friday sale). I also bought a pink tablecloth for $9 to use on our cake table. After the wedding I sold the chair covers, sashes, and pink tablecloth. In the end, I technically only paid $25 for the chair covers, sashes, and tablecloth. My mom and step-grandmother were nice enough to iron every chair cover and sash before the wedding.
I designed and assembled all of our table name and menu cards.
I made half of our reception centerpieces. The day before the wedding I bought roses from Sam’s Club and took off the petals so they could be placed inside the hurricanes.
The other half of the centerpieces were arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, and hypericum berries, which were made by our florist/day-of wedding coordinator.
The Kate Spade Mr. and Mrs. toasting flutes were a bridal shower gift, as were the cute bride and groom flutes.
Our wedding favors were IU decorated sugar cookies from Brad’s favorite hometown bakery, Donut Bank. I bought custom stickers from MAU Promos to seal the cellophane cookie bags that I purchased from Artistic Ephemera.
I made all the props for the DIY photo booth. We purchased a photo booth software program and ran it on a laptop computer. A flat screen computer monitor, webcam, and photo printer were also used. Two duplicate photo strips printed onto one photo paper, so the guests cut down the middle. They taped one strip into a scrapbook and took the other with them.
I made the flip flop baskets and the signage.
All photos by Anya Albonetti
After the wedding, I designed our thank you cards. I had them printed onto Vistaprint postcards. We I wrote the thank you note on the back of the postcards, slipped them into envelopes, and mailed them off.
I love the scrabble tiles!!!! amazing picture! and, totally love the guest book tree!!
Gorgeous pictures!! You have such beautiful taste! Love your blog, I’m a new follower!
Your wedding was absolutely beautiful! I’m getting married in April, and like you, most everything is DIY (are we crazy?!) You were a stunning bride!
I am SO impressed with all of your DIY touches – you did an amazing job!! The whole day looks beautiful – so glad you shared all of this!!
I seriously encourage every bride to be to do Vistaprint postcards as thank yous! It’s SO much cheaper and it’s MUCH faster in my opinion! 😉 Not as much space to write! Mine came out awesome too! Woo!
You and your wedding were so beautiful (you still are). I am not getting married anytime soon but this is such good inspiration.
Love all of your wedding DIY and you IU touches! Im an Indiana girl!
Girl, you are amazing. Your whole wedding was just unbelievably gorgeous, and I’m so impressed by all the little touches you put in! You should consider a career change and become an event planner. Seriously, you should.
And want to hear something that will make your Type A brain spazz out and go into a coma? I planned, like, 2 things for my wedding. For realsies. I picked my dress, and I told my mom what colors I wanted, and then just told her to do whatever she wanted for everything else. Ha! I didn’t decide on a hairdo until the morning of, and then just had my sister-in-law do it for me. My mom did EVERYTHING–planned the food, picked invitations, designed the reception . . . everything. Can you tell I’m not really so into planning and big events? But you know, I loved it. I think I’ve changed enough over the years that I’d want more involvement if I were to do it again, but at the time, I really didn’t care a lot and just told my mom to do what she thought would be best–I trust her taste more than my own. Poor mom, I never even asked if she wanted to plan a wedding for me . . . oh well, it was lovely, and I gave her a grandchild, so we’re probably even 🙂
Just gorgeous! Looks like it was straight out of a wedding magazine!! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you guys have a great weekend!!
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Beautiful! Thanks for contributing to my Pinterest board 😉
You had a fantastic wedding! I love the lace and pearl detailing at the top of of your bodice, and the guestbook tree. Looks like it was a wonderful day — down to the last detail 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Once again…GORGEOUS! I truly love all of the details of your beautiful day.
Wow, how amazing!! I’m not married but I’m sure I’d be the same as you…trying to DIY a lot it. I think it makes it more touching and personal, to be honest. You did a great job though. Love the cake topper too, by the way. Adorable.
wow…you did an INCREDIBLE job on everything and it really shows. that picture of your something borrowed, new, blue, old is SO special. i love your photographer’s style!
Awww…everything is BEAUTIFUL! I even got tears as it reminded me of my wedding! Congrats…what a beautifully coordinated day!
Gorgeous gorgeous details!! I love your bouquets!! You did a wonderful job! 🙂
I love that you did a lot of your stuff. When my daughter got married (June 29, 2011) we also did a lot of DIY stuff; from her jewelry, photography, center pieces, bouquet, announcements, thank you cards, and more. It was pretty much all DIY, except for the dress with was the last discontinued dress from David’s Bridal. Funny thing was, it was exactly what she wanted. Our goal was to do their wedding as inexpensively as possible and yet still have a very nice atmosphere; not cheap looking, and I do think we accomplished our goal, much like you accomplished a very nice wedding. Congratulations!
I love your earrings!!! Where are they from?
Great ideas! I think you should make a career out of wedding planning. Pre pinterest I dont think I got caught up in all the small perfect details, sometimes I even think about selling my ring and possible upgrading to a more personalized custom ring like options like these http://www.brilliantearth.com/news/design-wedding-rings-2/. I wish we would have taken the time to design something meaningful to us. We were engaged in the late 90s and just walked into a store like Kays to pick one out, its my ring, but now knowing more about awful blood diamonds I think about that. Id use gemstones the next time around and make sure any diamonds are eco friendly. Good for you for crediting each product, again, kudos for the attention to dets.
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Personally I think I would go out and buy the scribble tiles for that shot too. I loved it. That is one gorgeous ring complemented well by having it be part of the word love.
I’m pinning this post. When I get married I’m copying everything you did (but incorporate my colors). Very affordable, cute, and doable ideas. Thanks for sharing how you did it all.
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Hi. I thoroughly enjoyed your wedding photographs. It was so exciting to see another bride that chose the same colors as me and my fiance. Emerald green and blush pink. And, as I have noticed that you did as well, the predominate color is pink. With just hints of emerald. LOL. Really made my day! Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us all.
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